Surviving MY Serengeti

Real Estate Agent

So ActiveRain called for all bloggers to read a few chapters of Stefan Swanepole's new book

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I enjoyed the read - and decided to spend a few hours with the message floating around in my brain - sorting through it's relevence and finding out the best message for ME!

Animals are amazing - the story uses the metaphor of animals survival - their relentless persuit of finding safe shelter, water and food - the main keys to survival that we, as humans also strive for.

Here in the concrete jungle - things aren't so simple. First of all - we're humans - Humans have some traits animals do not - Wisdom, Morals, Humor - I could go on.. Humans can be lazy - humans can get distracted.. when it's tough - humans have the ability to throw the towel in.

Animals - not so much... they will fight till the end for survival.. and no matter which animal you look at - each animal has taken their amazing ability and used it like a pro in order to survive. The other thing that I love about animals? They never ever complain - they just deal with what they're dealt with (unless of course, you're my spoiled cat) We, as humans can learn from both of these three lessons -

Take what you do best and build from that. Recognize your abilities.

And never ever give up!

There's also a short quiz to see what animal YOU are - I'm the Croc - enterprising! Click here to take the quiz yourself!


And really... we are so so lucky to be in this world - to have what we have - to be part of our beautiful families.. do we really have it so bad? I understand when times are tough, times are tough... but let's be thankful for what we've got..

And most important - let's keep moving along - whatever way you do best!

I've shared this video before - but I must do it again - as it's kind of appropriate!


Posted by


Emily Read
Director of Marketing and Technology

Keller Williams Salt Lake City







Comments (12)

Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Amazing Video!

Feb 19, 2011 08:36 AM
Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Emily, sometimes we humans can "psych ourselves out" and as you said decide to throw in the towel since it seems like a valid option.  Seems we can take some lessons from the animal kingdom.  Looking forward to reading the entire book, fascinating stuff! 

Feb 19, 2011 08:38 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Buckhead - Midtown - Westside ... Love our City - Love our Clients! - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Emily -

Your suggestion intrigued me and I took the test - same as you - a croc! 

Your message about appreciation is always good to hear repeated! 
Thanks ----


Have a happy day -

Feb 19, 2011 08:41 AM
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

Has anyone been watching "Swamp People"?  Not a good ending for croc's.

Feb 19, 2011 09:30 AM
Keith Vermilyea
Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc. - Boise, ID

Emily ~ I agree that there are a lot of characteristics that set us apart from the animal kingdom but the defining traits of certain species make for insightful metaphors.  I found out that I am a wildebeest but being 6.5 tall I was sure I would be a giraffe,,,

Feb 19, 2011 10:06 AM
Clark Cook
1st Choice Realty of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Marketing Homes For Sale In Fayetteville NC Area

Hi Emily, I'm a croc too! I like the way you compare & contrast the human / animal characteristics!

Feb 20, 2011 01:23 PM
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Emily ~ you peaked my interest, I've downloaded the chapters and look forward to taking the quiz. Great post!

Feb 20, 2011 01:29 PM
Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

I am a croc too!  It was an interesting read!  Thanks for the post!

Feb 20, 2011 03:13 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Emily,  I too am a crocodile.  This was a fun quiz.

Feb 21, 2011 02:14 PM
Kim & Kristine Halverson
Compass - Santa Monica, CA
Sisters, Realtors

Hi Emily:  Love, "What every way you do best."  Kristine :), I'm a Giraffe.

Feb 23, 2011 05:10 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Emily, I loved this challenge...I am a giraffe.

Feb 24, 2011 02:21 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Emily, there are so many crocodiles in this contest! Is it because there are more of us or that we are the type of personality more driven attracted to participate? S

Feb 26, 2011 02:31 PM

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